Localities in Los Velez
Maria is a typical mountain village, built in the 16th century, although there have been population settlements in the area since prehistoric times, specifically since the Mesolithic period.
It is one of the northernmost towns in the province of Almeria and snowfalls are frequent in winter. This has originated an ancient tradition in the province, which is to take children to Maria in winter to discover snow.
Wheat cultivation is the main agricultural activity in the region, and the bread-making industry is greatly developed. Its products are famous and highly appreciated in the area.
Because it is located within the limits of the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Natural Park, and because of its climate and pleasant natural mountain environment, the town has experienced a boom in tourist activity that has caused its economy to rebound.
Many buildings of architectural value and places of archaeological interest can be appreciated by visitors, both in the town and its surroundings.